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Security, collaboration updates for Android business users

by Kristen Nicole

With Android tablet usage on the rise, and technological and software advances being made to smartphones, more business professionals are going mobile with their work. Google’s (GOOG) anxious to facilitate adoption in this market, releasing three enterprise-oriented updates yesterday. They all aim at simplifying colleague collaboration, while also keeping data safe and secure.

Google Enterprise updates security, collaboration

The version 2.0 release of the Google Apps Device Policy app allows Google Apps admin to set security policies across a team’s Android devices. Employees can then locate a lost or stolen device on a map, lock or wipe it remotely, or even reset the device’s PIN, with the help of the newly launched My Devices website. The update works for devices running Android 2.2 or higher, and is available to Google Apps Business and Education customers.

Lastly, Google’s enterprise-related update includes a new corporate app called Google App Lookup. This is a search and action tool for finding colleagues by name or email address, and contact them directly. It’s a Shared Contact capability that keeps a work team accessible and on-hand. Overall, the update expands on the initial launch of the Google Apps Device Policy app, launched last October. The security features in particular are in line with many already offered by Apple (AAPL) for iOS devices, and a slew of Android apps like Webroot Mobile Security, now finding new opportunities for user acquisition in the Android Market.

LinkedIn comes to Android

Beyond Google’s professional updates, another business-related app has landed on the Market. LinkedIn has finally come out of beta and found its way onto Android, with an official app for business networking. The app is an inclusive attempt to replicate much of its network capabilities, streaming updates, marking connections, and enabling messages and search. As with most LinkedIn updates, the Android app launch seems late by most industry standards, but better than not having an app at all.